College Basketball Articles

Roy Williams spent the summer recovering from surgery after having his right knee replaced. The operation capped a season filled with physical pain and swings of emotion for North Carolina’s Hall of Fame coach. The Tar Heels won their first...
Athlon Sports
7 months ago
Since winning the national title in 2008, the Kansas Jayhawks have earned four No. 1 seeds and three No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. They have just one Final Four berth to show for it.   Not to worry, though. In what’s becoming a...
Athlon Sports
7 months ago
Malcolm Brogdon has left The Grounds. The face of the program during its rise under Tony Bennett, the steady and cerebral shooting guard capped his career by being voted ACC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-...
Athlon Sports
7 months ago
Chris Mack and the Musketeers exceeded expectations last season, winning 28 games and spending much of the year ranked in the top 10.   This season, with arguably their three top players back, the Musketeers will be expected to contend for...
Athlon Sports
7 months ago
One of Greg Gard’s biggest challenges in his first full season as Wisconsin’s coach might be distributing playing time on a deep and experienced roster.   The Badgers return their top 10 players in terms of minutes played from a...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
For one of the few times in 30 years, Arizona won’t play one of the nation’s most difficult non-conference schedules, choosing to play home games against Sacred Heart, Northern Colorado, Grand Canyon, Texas Southern, Cal-Bakersfield,...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Names have changed, and roles have been rearranged at Michigan State, but the Spartans and Tom Izzo will carry their usual knockout power into the important parts of the season. Serious contention for championship belts, however, will probably have...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Tom Crean’s team sits in a similar position to last season: Few will pick Indiana to win the Big Ten regular season, but few should be surprised if the Hoosiers deliver. After starting slowly, Indiana finished with gusto, winning the Big Ten...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament drought reached its ninth year in 2015-16, but there were signs that it may soon come to an end. Buzz Williams, entering his third season as head coach, worked his magic and led the Hokies to a nine-win...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
From the end of March through May 23, Purdue coach Matt Painter must have felt like he was sitting on pins and needles. That’s because the Boilermakers’ leading returning scorers — junior forward Vince Edwards (11.3 ppg) and...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Rick Pitino will need to work his Hall of Fame magic as Louisville must replace its three leading scorers, top rebounder and deal with the ongoing fallout from an NCAA investigation that resulted in the school imposing a postseason ban a year ago....
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
UConn enters the 2016-17 basketball season as a bit of an unknown. The Huskies are stocked with talent and return five significant players from an NCAA Tournament team that won 25 games and earned the program’s first American Athletic...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Gonzaga has become a popular destination for transfers and international players, as demonstrated by former Kentucky Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer and Lithuanian Domantas Sabonis fueling last year’s run to the Sweet 16.   Those two are gone...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Creighton introduced itself to the Big East in 2013-14 with a spectacular shooting team, led by Doug McDermott, and tremendous crowd support. While the support never wavered, the on-court product needed an adjustment period the past two seasons....
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
The pressure is only mounting on Steve Alford as he enters Year 4. Shortly after last season ended, a plane flew a banner near UCLA’s Westwood campus calling for the coach’s firing. It was followed by a moving truck with a similar...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Despite the loss of three senior starters, Cincinnati appears well fortified to make a run at its seventh straight NCAA Tournament under Mick Cronin.   For a while last spring, it appeared as if Cronin, a Cincinnati native, was prepared to...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
In Year 1 of the Steve Prohm era in Ames, the former Murray State head coach inherited a veteran roster but also a nearly impossible situation. In a small town, replacing a guy commonly known as “The Mayor” is a difficult task. However...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Saint Mary’s won 29 games a year ago, beat Gonzaga twice in the regular season for the first time since 1995, captured the West Coast Conference regular-season title and led the nation in field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio....
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Archie Miller has become one of the hottest young coaches in the game after leading the Flyers to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Dayton earned a share of the A-10 regular-season title despite dealing with the suspension of...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Maybe no team in the country had its season short-circuited as quickly as the Rhode Island Rams last November.   Just 10 minutes into a season-opening win over American, star guard E.C. Matthews crumpled to the floor in a heap while making a...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
Replacing a first-round draft pick after falling short of the NCAA Tournament isn’t as big a worry as it may appear.   Leonard Hamilton reloaded again with a recruiting class that ranks among the top 15 nationally for the second...
Athlon Sports
8 months ago
The hot seat watch in 2016-17 could focus on two conferences in particular.   The Big Ten and SEC both have coaches who need to perform right away. Some are coaches who have exceled at a mid-major level (Mike Anderson at Arkansas, John Groce...
Mitch Light
8 months ago
This offseason turned out to be a good time for non-blue bloods to be in the market for a new coach.   Few major power programs waded into the coaching carousel. One of college basketball’s most historically proud programs hired a new...
David Fox
8 months ago
For the third consecutive year, Duke and Kentucky are ranked first and second nationally in the recruiting rankings. The team that’s No. 1 and the team that’s No. 2 seems to change from year to year, but the point stands.   No...
David Fox
8 months ago
This isn’t a new concept for any who has followed college basketball in recent years, but transfers can change the entire complexion of a season.   Just ask Syracuse. The Orange had been hurting from the departure of three key players...
David Fox
8 months ago

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